The Dreaded L-Word That Cripples Freelance Writers

Posted October 26th, 2013 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Productivity
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StopwatchI read a quote today on twitter that profoundly describes where I’ve been lately. The quote, which was from AWAI, said:

When a customer decides to do something later, they mean never.”

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Sidetracked Writers Who Don’t Write

Posted September 8th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity, Writing Motivation
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Getting sidetracked, stifled or stuck is the nemesis of writers. You love to write…you want to write…you mean to write…

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Thoughts on Clutter and Creativity

Posted July 19th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity
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Clutter seems to accumulate wherever I go. Both at my day job and at my writing desk at home, I am pretty much always surrounded by piles of papers. When I write I have a dozen spiral notebooks behind me, and I probably waste an unreasonable amount of time hunting for the right notebook or the right piece of paper.

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Thoughts on Procrastination

Posted July 13th, 2013 by Val and filed in Productivity
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I was going to write about procrastination today, but I decided to do it later. Bad joke, I know.

I thought I would go to youtube and watch videos about procrastination and Ellen DeGeneres lightened my mood, as she usually does. Check it out.

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Content Creation For the Clueless

Posted July 10th, 2013 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Productivity
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Clueless about content creation? Writing content can cause bloggers a ton of stress. Sometimes everything comes together while other times….well, not so much.

On a good day, creating content can seem effortless. Words flow, the birds are tweeting happily, the sun is shining…you get the idea. Then there are the bad days. You sit staring into space, unable to come up with a single idea. On those days when you don’t have a single idea, where do you turn?

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How to Practice Writing Daily

Posted May 25th, 2013 by Val and filed in Copywriting, Getting Started, Productivity, Writing Motivation
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Two girls exercising (one doing a push-up here) and walking their dogs at Cayucos State Beach two-girls-exercising-cayucos-beach1The best way to improve your writing is to be consistent about writing every day. Like any skill, the more you write, the better you get at it.

It’s kind of like doing pushups. If you’re very out of shape, on the first day you try to exercise, you probably can’t do very many pushups. But if you persist in making the effort every day to do pushups; if you keep challenging yourself every single day you will be amazed how much easier it gets after just a few days of consistent practice.

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The Roadblocks Writers Set

Posted March 26th, 2013 by Val and filed in Getting Started, Productivity, Writing Motivation
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No, really.

What are the roadblocks preventing you from being the writer you know you could be? If you’re like most writers, the person who put most of the roadblocks in your path is you. The truth is, many of the roadblocks that you think are in your path aren’t even there at all.

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Writers And Information Overload

Posted October 20th, 2012 by Val and filed in Productivity

Information overload is a very real problem in today’s fast-paced world, particularly for writers and other online entrepreneurs. On a daily basis we are deluged with emails, texts, tweets, pins, Facebook updates, etc. And no matter how much data we consume, there is always so much more.

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The Art of Writing in Snippets of Time

The war cry of many wannabe writers is that they can’t write because they simply don’t have time. But guess what? Nobody else has time either.

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Are You a Self-Conscious Writer?

Posted October 17th, 2012 by Val and filed in Productivity, Writing Motivation
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Are you a self-conscious writer? Self-consciousness is one of many character traits that can hold back otherwise brilliant writers. You write…and then you panic. It is like a sense of stage fright. You have created something – and everyone is watching you.

Yikes.

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